What's the difference between Sno Cones and Shaved Ice?

When choosing a snow cone machine or shaved ice machine, it is a good idea to identify the reason for your purchase. Are you renting the machine? If so, you will want the machine to be light and transport easily. Will it be for a high volume location or household use? This will help you determine if you need a high output snow cone machine or one recommended for residential use. Now that you've decided on the use for your machine, let's get down to the questions and answers of snow cone making.

What is the difference between snow cones and shaved ice?

Many people wonder what the difference between shaved ice and snow cones are. The answer is simple really. Snow Cones have larger granules of ice than shaved ice. Shaved ice is more comparable to snow, and is very fine, light, and fluffy whereas Snow Cones have larger pieces of ice. Usually one can charge more for shaved ice than a snow cone, but snow cones continue to be one of the most popular concession stand foods with good reason: they are inexpensive to produce and they are consistent sellers.

What do I need to make snow cones?

You will need your snow cone machine or shaved ice machine, ice (the colder the ice the finer the shave), and your syrup.

What is the difference between a ready to use (RTU) syrup and a powdered mix concentrate?

The RTU syrups come packaged ready to use in either quart or gallon sized bottles. The quarts already have flip top lids and the gallons require the use of a pump (remember: one pump to each flavor). The eezee concentrates are lighter to ship, but take some time to mix with sugar and water in order to get the snow cone syrup you need.

Entry Level Snow Cone Machines
Shave-A-Doo Sno Cone MachinePort-A-Blast Snow Cone Machine
Shave-A-Doo Sno Cone Machine with Motor CoverSimply-A-Blast Snow Cone Machine
Sno-King Sno Cone MachineArtic Blast Snow Cone Machine
Polar Pete Sno Cone Machine1911 Sno-Storm Snow Cone Machine

High Output Snow Cone Machines
Sno-Konette Ice Shaver AC
Shavatron Ice Shaver
Deluxe Sno-Konette Snow Cone Machine

Entry Level Ice Shavers
Shavette Little Shaver
Little Snowie AC

High Output Ice Shavers
Hatsuyuki Block Ice Shaver - 12 V BatterySnowie 1000 Ice Shaver AC
Olde New Orleans Block Ice ShaverSnowie 1000 Ice Shaver DC
Hatsuyuki Cube Ice Shaver 115 VHatsuyuki Block Ice Shaver 115 V